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Latest news items appear first on our Home Page. We welcome submissions of news stories or information on Harbour issues. Please email the web manager...

08 Feb - Wave Leisure confirmed as managers of the Sovereign Harbour Community Centre. See this article in the Eastbourne Herald.External link logo The article also states that the Community Centre is expected to open in the Spring. A couple of weeks ago they told us it would open on the 4th Feb. Who knows?

01 Feb - A Safe Cycling Strategy - two more letters on the subject published on our letters page...  6, 7 & 8 Feb three more response added..   12 Feb we have now reached the 'response to a response' stage.  I'm not inclined to publish any more on this subject until there are concrete (pun) proposals to discuss.

31 Jan - Waterlines Published - The February 2019 edition of SHRA's newsletter Waterlines can be downloaded from our Waterlines page... or from this direct link...

29 Jan - Fisherman's Quay Plans - SHRA representatives attended a presentation on plans for the new facility to be built on land, adjacent to the entrance to the West Harbour (behind the Harvester), presently occupied by the fishing fleet.  The development is planned in two stages; Stage 1 being the construction of a chiller, smoker and retail facility and Stage 2 a visitor centre. Planning permission has been gained. Funding has been secured for Stage 1 and grants are being sought for Stage 2.  Click here to view the plans...

29 Jan - New Sovereign Harbour Business Directory - coming soon, Harbour Pulse, hand delivered to your door. Advertising from as little as £40 for 3 months. Tel: 075395 33371 or 01323 478629  Email: harbourpulse@outlook.com  Click here for a flyer with further info... 

28 Jan- Asda Petrol Station Revamp - plans have been submitted to EBC for demolition of existing Asda petrol filling station (PFS) and drive to pay kiosks, and rebuild of a replacement automated six pump PFS with 12 filling positions, and erection of new jet wash area. Planning Application 190018. View plan (detail)...

26 Jan - At long last! The Sovereign Harbour Community Centre will open on February 4th. Bookings are now being taken on 01323 509859. Community Centre history and charges...

25 Jan - Safety on Sovereign Harbour Promenades. SHRA member Rick Runalls wants to alert residents to what he believes is a threat to safety on the Harbor Proms. You can read his article on our Letters page by clicking here External link logo. It will also appear in the February edition of Waterlines that will be published online next week. Please let Rick have your views on the matter and look out for the forthcoming consultation.

25 Jan - Sovereign Shines winners. Premier Marinas have supplied a list of the winners of the 2018 Sovereign Shines. Click here to view it...

18 Jan - Beachwork Update - from Ian Thomas, Project Manager, Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd External link logo "The few storms we have had since October have built shingle up against the southern breakwater of Sovereign Harbour. On Monday we will start one week of bypassing the surplus shingle round to the north harbour. No further plans have been made as Northerly winds seem set to dominate for the rest of the month. Best wishes, Ian"

17 Jan - Rentcharge Demand 2019. Although we doubt the legality of the Charge, we have to urge you to make the payment as failure to do so could have very serious consequences. As in previous years, we suggest you add the following statement when making payment:

 “Please note that my payment is made under protest and that my sending it is not to be interpreted as confirmation of my satisfaction with, or acceptance of the validity, of the current invoice or its level. My payment is made without prejudice to any action taken, or assertions made by me or by others on my behalf, at any time.”

SHRA continues to research and work on the rentcharge issue, but for the moment this work has to remain confidential. We published a little more background information on page 5 of our 2018 Annual Report. Click here to read it...

26 Nov - Sovereign Shines 2018 - Calling ALL local harbour residents and boat owners: We are asking as many of you as possible to help us make this year even better than last year – simply go overboard on your Christmas lights and you can help the local lifeboat AND you could win some great prizes!

PLEASE NOTE: Although ALL harbour residents are more than welcome to join in the fun and to get involved in the community spirit of Sovereign Shines, unfortunately, for practical reasons, ONLY boats or properties overlooking the water on one of the four inner harbours can be judged and included in the competition to win a prize! Thank-you for your understanding.

We are looking to switch-on ALL the Sovereign Shines lights on Sunday 9th December and then we will arrange a family fun and presentation evening for Friday 14th and Saturday 15th December to welcome Father Christmas and choose all the category winners. Click for more details...

24 Nov - Big wave - to see what Ian Thomas and PCD (see below) are battling, have a look at the latest photo by John Langton in the Members Gallery....

24 Nov - Beachwork Update - The current phase of recycling finished on Friday afternoon, with the bulldozer remaining to both tidy up and push up the ridge of shingle that is building as the next spring tide approaches.  Light Easterly winds continue to dominate until the middle of next week, by when water levels from this weekend’s higher tides will have dropped off.  The first December spring tides are quite low, so pose a lesser threat, meaning the next tides greater than 7.5mCD arrive on Christmas Eve.  By then hopefully everything will be back is was before the storms of early November. Ian Thomas, Project Manager, Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd. www.pevensey-bay.co.uk

23 Nov - The Arndale Centre will officially switch to The Beacon during a 2 day event on Friday and Saturday November 30 and December 1. The opening of the link through from the original centre and the extension will open to shoppers during the event. The 8 screen cinema and restaurants will open in Spring 2019. Dizzy Video on Facebook...

15 Nov - Under the weather. The SHRA Chairman, Chris Mepham, has been seriously ill but is now responding well to treatment. Our Vice-Chairman and Web Editor are also suffering ill-health. This explains the lack of recent news, updates and reports. Normal service is being resumed as soon as possible.

14 Nov - New Photo Gallery. Our new gallery contains photos by harbour resident and retired professional photographer, Ron McMillan. Click here... 

12 Nov - Update from Ian Thomas, Project Manager Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd. After the two storms last week, it was inevitable that we would have to restart recycling this week.  With two weeks until the next spring tide there should be sufficient time to ensure the beach is adequately reinstated.  At this time is not possible to say where and when we will be working in different areas.  As much anything we need to determine where shingle is available to be recycled back to eroded areas before we can plan ahead.

 11 Nov - Some better news on policing and a survey on the police precept. From Neighbourhood Alert. "Sussex Police have started the biggest intake of new police officers for over a decade. This has been made possible by the increase in police precept of an average £12 for a band D property, and the PCC releasing £17 million from reserves. It means that over the next four years, Sussex will have 200 more police officers on the front line than it does today. [But remember that since 2014 the Government has slashed 644 Sussex police officers posts].

Although residents are pleased to hear that local policing will be strengthened by these 200 extra officers, they are already indicating that they would like even more. That is why the PCC has opened a survey on her website to gauge potential support for raising more funding locally if the Government lifts the current cap on the police precept."

You can visit the PCC’s website www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk where you can find a link to the survey in the Police Funding 2018 section.

30 Oct - Overstretched police risk becoming 'irrelevant', MPs warn. Policing is at risk of becoming "irrelevant" as neighbourhood teams are stripped back and huge numbers of crimes go unsolved, MPs have warned.

A report by the Home Affairs Committee said forces in England and Wales were "struggling to cope" amid falling staff numbers and rising crime. It also accused the Home Office of a "complete failure of leadership".

In the last four years recorded crime in the Sussex police force area has risen by 25% (nationally, it has risen by 36%) and charges are down 26% (nationally, they have fallen by 16%).

21 Sep - Water Treatment Stink. It is important to let Southern Water know that the strength of feeling about the foul smell is as strong as the smell itself. Complain to Southern Water's Technical Issues number:  0330 303 0368, or you can leave a comment on their web site here... www.southernwater.co.uk/feedback

You can write to their postal address: Southern Water, PO Box 41, Worthing, BN13 3NZ. Please also tell EBC that you have complained on 01323 410000, and also inform our local councillors, who can use residents' complaints as their ammunition. There is more information about the work being carried out here...  www.southernwater.co.uk/eastbourne

16 Sep - Letter from SHRA member Keith Forbes about the rentcharge. Letters page...

13 Sep - Wot? No Eastbourne? During June's Seafarers Awareness Week, the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society charity challenged the nation's photographers to illustrate Britain's relationship with the sea. A selection of the photographs has been published by the BBC click here... The SMS have some great Christmas cards for sale - click here...

07 Sep - North Harbour Beach - Open letter from Harbour Resident Ray Blakebrough.

Dear Residents,
Are you aware of the special status enjoyed by the North Harbour Beach? I have been amazed in recent months hearing about this particular area and finding myself now at a point where I need to write this to discover who would like to find out more.

This zone is a natural beach shingle habitat, an area of Scientific Interest and a Natural Wildlife Habitat.

I have recently communicated with Miriam Parish MA (Hons), MSc Senior Environmental Consultant (Coastal and Marine) who along with two colleagues would like to come to the Harbour and discuss the regeneration and future protection of this beach. Her team currently has funding to help with this so it’s a very opportune time to meet these experts.

Miriam recently confirmed the following; “I am also in conversation with Kate Cole at East Sussex County Council, and Daniel Watkins at Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre. As the area falls within the bounds of a Local Wildlife Site they are also keen for us to come and talk to you about the potential to restore the vegetated shingle along the beach. I understand that Kate has visited the area recently and carried out some vegetation management with local residents”.

I have penciled in October 24th at 4.00pm for such a meeting and would like to invite all interested residents. We would especially like residents and managing agents from properties that overlook this area to attend. If you can attend please advise by contacting me at: rblakebr2008@gmail.com

08 August - Smell from Water Works Apology - Southern Water have emailed an apology about the pong. Click here to read it...

30 July -Road works on Pacific Drive UPDATE from SHNP - Further to the information issued on Friday 27th July (see below), this morning we received the following.

Dear Jan, following our conversation on Friday I just wanted to confirm that the design solution of removing the block paving and resurfacing with an imprint, for Pacific Drive will be in keeping with the rest of the road and the works are due to start on 6 August. If you have any queries about this please do not hesitate to contact me.

Shortly after receiving the above email we received a telephone call from East Sussex Highways to confirm that after consultation with our County councillor David Elkin there has been a change to the planned design solution. The paved area will now be ripped up and the whole crossing area will be replaced with black or maybe coloured tarmacadam.

The reason given is that with the amount of through traffic it was felt that the ‘imprint’ would not be durable enough for the volume of vehicles. The SHNP apologise for the earlier miss-information which was passed on in all good faith.

27 July - Road work delays on Pacific Drive. Beginning on 6th August 2018 the paved table top at the pinch point on Pacific Drive between Barrier Reef Way and Tasmania Way is being replaced. The work should last five days. Expect delays in both directions as temporary traffic lights will be in use. We have been assured by East Sussex Highways that the paving blocks are being replaced with a more durable surface of concrete imprint. This will be visually in keeping with existing paved areas on Pacific Drive. To put residents minds at rest, the area is not going to be tarmacadam. Announcement from Sovereign Harbour Neighbourhood Panel (SHNP) www.shnp.org and www.eastbournenp.org Mobile 07770 224800

23 July - Beach Work -Shingle Deliveries. Dredger Sospan Dau is due in Newhaven this week for minor maintenance before starting annual beach replenishment works. Shingle deliveries to the east side of Sovereign Harbour are expected to start on either Friday 27th or Saturday 28th July and last 7 or 8 days.  Unsurprisingly, weather delays are not expected. From: Ian Thomas, Project Manager, Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd

23 July - Harbour WI July 2018 Newsletter published - available on the WI web site. Click here...

12 July - Premier Marinas Response to Residents'  Complaint - Premier have asked us to publish this response.

Reply to anonymous concerns raised by residents at SHYC Apartments, Heritage Quay and Hamilton Quay.

 Premier Marinas received an anonymous letter in April from a number of North harbour residents.

Concerns included speeding tenders and fumes from outboard engines, noise associated with dogs, berth holders using tenders to access the North harbour facilities and noise from berth holders and their guests.

Premier are committed to the shared harbour environment, and meet frequently with the Residents Association, the Berth Holders Association and  the Sovereign Harbour Neighbourhood Panel (SHNP).

These concerns have been investigated in detail, with measures taken where appropriate. Further information is available in person via the Marina Manager, who is contactable on 01323 470099 or by email to:

11 July - Responsible Dog Ownership. Lewes and Eastbourne Councils have published guidance and information on dog ownership.  Click here...

09 July - Cars vandalised in Barrier Reef Way - According to a post on Facebook, two cars parked in Barrier Reef Way recently had a tar-like substance poured on them while the owners (NHS workers) attended the Harbour Medical Centre. The report was posted on the Eastbournians group on Facebook...   Click here for a screenshot...  If anyone has any information about this incident please contact Colin Deacon:

03 July - Man arrested at Sovereign Harbour denies ‘covertly’ bringing illegal immigrants into the UK. Click here to read report in the Eastbourne Herald...

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